It is always rewarding to see a calf you have kept as a bull, growing out so nicely. Grand Design is looking absolutely stunning at the moment, as is his dam Rawlings Ellie Mae. She has the most stunning udder in a first calving heifer and hopefully that will be passed on to this young fellas daughters. The pictures below show what I mean!! And he could be homozygous polled and he is red factoring, I think he might have to go over some of the KP girls and we should get some stunning progeny.
We are also waiting for a few new calves to arrive in the month of December, Cue-tee is ready to pop at any moment and she either has a very long legged calf or a whole tribe of them in her huge belly. Also to calve is KP Freedom, KP Angelica and KP Billi Vanilli who are all due on Christmas Day, so we will be staying home this year!!
We have finished our showing for this year with Deloraine Show which was held yesterday. Unfortuantely we had to transport the cattle in horrible wet and windy conditions on Friday, but thankfully they got there safely.
We timed our shampooing perfectly in between showers with all 5 entries getting the quick clean up and blow dry. Then the heavens opened.
The weather on Show day was a little more kind with the sun finally breaking through the clouds, but at least it was not raining. Rawlings Delta Blue was Senior Champion Female, Rawlings Eva Diva was Junior Champion Female and Rawlings Fable and Rawlings Fair Lady each won their respective classes. The judges comments were also pleasing in that they were impressed with the balance of beef and milk in our females, well they are "Beefy Little Milkers".
But for us the excitment was to be told that we had been awarded second place in the Senior Female Interbreed, for the second time this year. The judges comments that she is the finest example of a Dexter cow that they had seen was very rewarding. Rawlings Delta Blue is a most stunning female who I love to bits and she just floats around the ring.
It was also very pleasing to have Julie Hunt exhibit at her first show with a heifer her and Ron have purchased from us for thier Tazhunt Dexter Stud, Rawlings Faberge. She is a full sister to our Delta Blue and in my opinion is better at the same age than Delta Blue was, so we will see how she goes after calving. Catherine Thomas gave her confidence a boost when she showed Rawlings Fable for us and enjoyed herself in the ring, wonder if the blue ribbon had anything to do with that. Hopefully they will both be attending many shows in the future.
That is the showing over until next year, we had planned to go to Circular Head but need to AI the cows which is more pressing at this time.
We have drafted our girls into the mobs for them to be joined this morning. Rawlings Blueprint has the biggest mob of 18 girls, Rawlings ET has 8 girls and Kirup Park Esquire has 2 girls at this stage.
The opportunity arose to swap some of our Rawlings Blueprint semen for straws from two bulls at Baunatal Dexter Stud in Victoria. We are also pleased to announce that we will be AI'ing 8 of our girls to semen from either Baunatal Kenny O'Shea and Baunatal Margic Merlin. Both of these new bulls are black, scurred and have produced some outstanding progeny, thanks to Alison and Otto for allowing us this opportunity to use your genetics. We look forward to some excellent calves which will introduce further polled and offer different Dexter genetics to Tasmania.
Kirup Park Dimity will also be AI'd to Wattlebank Torpedo to give us hopefully further diversified polled genetics for our herds. KP Esquire will get the mop up duties for any that return, but I will not be sad if he does not get too many.
The boys are happy at this time of the year!!
Well I can't believe that the pups were born eight weeks ago and are now ready for their new homes. Buster has gone to live with Toni in Gunns Plains, Bundy has gone to Candice and her family near Smithton and Harley is going to Becky in Huonville this afternoon. The fattest puppies I have ever seen, with Harley and Bundy both weighing 5.7 kg and Buster only just behind them at 5.5 kg. They have been a true delight and am I saying this - I can't wait for the next litter if these little boys are anything to go by!!
As we were nearly out of pork in the freezer, Mark went on the hunt for some more slips to fatten up. While speaking to one guy he was offerred a pig with nine piglets, so we were off to have a look at her.
She was in a small shed and a yard with no feed at all, and me being the softie that I am I thought it would be time for her to come and live with us and have a better life.
Getting her and the piglets into the trailer was interesting, as she did not want to leave them to get on. So we had to catch each of them and put them at the front of the trailer and eventually she got on.
Unloading was much easier and she quickly discovered the grass and straw in her new sty. The piglets also settled well and made a nest in the straw under the lean-to. All was good.
She has been here a few days now and looks much happier, judging by the grunting when she sees us with the food bucket. I have been weeding to give her plenty of grass, and she has the vegie scraps from the house, so she is very content.
I will take some pictures in the next few days.
Mark & I were going to check the cows and feed some hay on the weekend. As the chooks have taken to laying their eggs in the hay on the ute which falls from the round roll, I asked Mark to check their were no eggs on the ute that he might stand on. It stood to reason that he would also check for chickens who may be on the back of the ute at the same time. Well at least it did in my mind.
When we got to the top of the hill to open the gate, Mark informs me that there is a chicken on the back. As you can imagine words were exchanged, and I was concerned that she would hop off and that would be the last we saw of her!!
Yes as soon as we started to move again off she hopped, the cows were so surprised to see a chook in their paddock so far from the house it made it very difficult to get into the paddock. The dilemma then was how the heck to you catch a chook and get her back to the yard??
We decided to feed the cows and deal with the chook after that. Mark thoguht he would walk her back to the yard like he walks the cows, but she had other ideas and gave him the royal run around. Eventually I put Flame out of the ute and she turned chook chaser, chasing the chicken back to Mark who promptly caught it. By this stage I had driven off in disgust at the thought of having to chase the bloody chicken for the rest of the afternoon.
Mark arrived back at the shed only a few minutes later with the chook hanging upside down and released her back to her mates. WOnder how long it will be before one of the others tries it.
Life is always a laugh around here, even if it takes a while for me to see the humour in it!!
I am looking forward to using this Blog to keep everyone up to date with the happenings at our farm.